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Join Cathy-Mae Karelse and the eamba Community for a presentation on how together we continue racism in the wellbeing realm.

Listening and dialoguing to deepen our understanding to be able to change this and help create a more inclusive mindfulness accessible also to people who are now underserved.

Date / Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2023 19:00 – 20:30 CEST
Meeting ID: 844 2154 4488
Passcode: 927945
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Event description

Cathy-Mae offers a timely commentary on the dominant narratives that shape the mindfulness industry – whiteness, post racialism and neoliberalism.
She will help us to see how inappropriate uses of mindfulness distance people of the global majority.
She intends to familiarise us with a growing emergent movement focused on a justice-infused mindfulness and liberatory wellbeing and how this decolonises mindfulness and de-centres whiteness. Read more


Cathy-Mae Karelse, PhD is an independent specialist in deep systems change and decolonisation with 20+ years’ expertise in social transformation.

In the last decade, she has extended her work to social health policies and systems and is a recognized thought leader in diversity, inclusion and belonging (DEI+).

She designs and develops customised change-making strategies and trainings at multiple levels to shepherd meaningful transformation.
Specialising in turning grand plans for DEI+ into practical strategies and programmes that deliver results, Dr Karelse has worked with corporates, governments, policy institutes, communities, and global programmes to establish policies, processes and social strategies of leadership, wellbeing, transformation, and growth.

As author of Disrupting White Mindfulness: Race and Racism in the Wellbeing Industry and with a global network, her remit includes the support of global South leadership in sustainable transformation agendas. In addition to speaking engagements, she also operates personally as an educator, coach, and mentor.

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